HOME


History


NewsoftheIrish


Book Reviews
& Book Forum


Search / Archive
Back to 10/96

Papers


Reference


About


Contact



ireland, irish, ulster, ireland, irish, ulster, Sinn Féin, Irish America

Going into opposition remains a real option

(Liam Clarke, Belfast Telegraph)

SDLP annual conference – going into opposition.

There were other themes, for instance closer co-operation with British Labour and the in the Republic, but opposition was the one which caught the headlines.

The problem is that it wasn't in the leader's speech. Last year Dr Alasdair McDonnell's speech made headlines for the wrong reasons. Through no fault of own, he was dazzled by lights reflecting off his autocue.This year the problem was journalists struggled for 'a line', or central message to report.

The idea that the SDLP would be a watchdog within the Executive was one that most came with, but it wasn't echoed by several party leaders.

"The watchdog should be let off the leash" countered MLA Mark H Durkan, echoing calls by Dolores Kelly, the deputy leader, that the party should start considering withdrawing from the Executive altogether.

this DUP/Sinn Féin Executive," Ms Kelly declared.

"We might lose a few jobs by leaving Government – but we could lose our soul if we go on in this Executive indefinitely."

"She got a lot of support. Inunscripted speech Alex Atwood, the SDLP's sole minister, commended the Belfast Telegraph for reporting that he too wanted a dialogue on opposition.

Ex-leader Margaret Ritchie told me: "Opposition is something that we need to consider. "I am not saying that we walk out of government straight but, as Alex said this morning, we need it as a potential option," she added.

By yesterday (Sun, Nov 11), Dr McDonnell, who had dismissed the idea, saying the party would consider it. Our survey shows these are ideas which resonate with activists.

November 15, 2012
________________

This article appeared in the November 12, 2012 edition of the Belfast Telegraph.

HOME



KINDLE


Kindle Books




Notre Dame
Apparel/Giftware



MUSIC & VIDEOS

Irish music downloads

-----
Irish Videos
Giftcard


Art, prints, calendars and posters
Buy at Art.com
Sir Henry Sidney "Pacifies" Ulster and Returns to Dublin after a Victory
Buy From Art.com

Subscribe to the Newshound
OR

Subscribe with PayPal


Newshound
Merchandise

Newshound Merchandise
Get a Newshound mug, shirt or cap
The Epic History &
Heritage of the Irish
WORLDWIDE,
NON-STOP!

The Wild Geese Today

BACK TO TOP


About
Home
History
NewsoftheIrish
Books
Contact